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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We defend more than 35,000 indigent clients per year in New York City in criminal, family, and immigration proceedings. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs in a high-volume, fast-paced setting.


BDS’s Immigration Practice is a collaborative team of over 70 staff who advise criminal and family defense attorneys on immigration matters, and represent people in removal proceedings and complex applications before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. BDS is a pioneer in federal court habeas corpus practice and has a robust federal court and appellate immigration docket. We are committed to professional development, sustainability, and equity in this critical time to stand up for the rights of immigrants and communities of color.


Since 2013, BDS has served as assigned counsel under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), a first-in-the-nation program that provides legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained and non-detained deportation cases. Our interdisciplinary legal teams of attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and administrative staff work at the intersection of immigrant rights and the criminal legal system and reunite people with their families and communities.


Under the direct supervision of a Social Work Supervisor, the Social Worker is an integral part of the NYIFUP defense team to advocate, both in and out of court, for clients facing deportation proceedings.

Responsibilities

·      Partner with an interdisciplinary team in providing comprehensive legal representation and determine case strategy for clients facing deportation proceedings.

·      Provide both written and oral advocacy for clients.

·      Conduct clinical assessments of client needs and develop service plans.

·      Refer clients for external services and communicate with providers about clients' needs.

·      Visit clients in detention facilities and in the community.

·      Maintain case notes and documentation in electronic databases.

·      Provide crisis intervention when needed.

·      Additional duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

·      New York State Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), or a master’s degree in Social Work, or willing and eligible to become licensed within six months of starting the position.

·      At least two years of immigration-related professional social work experience preferred.

·      Strong clinical assessment skills required.

·      Excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.

·      Able to collaboratively with colleagues on an interdisciplinary team .

·      Able to take responsibility for a caseload of clients with varying needs and case-related deadlines, ensuring timely action and intervention.

·      Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word. Able to work entirely digitally, and to quickly learn new technology.

·      Social workers fluent in another language in addition to English are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, or Russian.


Position Information

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. The normal schedule is Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with occasional need for external visits/meetings outside those hours. The position is based in Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201, and requires frequent travel in the New York Metro Area. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most work for this position would initially be conducted remotely, but the job description remains the same. We work with staff to ensure that essential in-person functions are conducted as safely as possible, and will continue to do so as in-person work increases over the coming months.

BDS determines salary on a payscale, commensurate with education and experience. BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution, pre-tax commuter benefit, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and above-average vacation, sick, holiday, family, and medical leave policies.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Zoe Joly at zjoly@bds.org. In the subject header, please state “NYIFUP Social Worker.” Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices. We are focused on equity and inclusion and thus strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, you may contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at cwallace@bds.org


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We defend more than 35,000 indigent clients per year in New York City in criminal, family, and immigration proceedings. BDS represents…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Brooklyn, NY
Associated Location
177 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Zoe Joly at zjoly@bds.org. In the subject header, please state “NYIFUP Social Worker.” Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 


To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Zoe Joly at zjoly@bds.org. In the subject header, please state “NYIFUP Social Worker.” Applications will be reviewed until the position…

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